Christian child 'begs' not to be sent back to Muslim foster family in UK

Published: August 28, 2017


PHOTO: THE TIMES The five-year-old with her Muslim foster carer. PHOTO: THE TIMES

A five-year-old Christian girl in London has, reportedly, been put in the care of two different Muslim foster families in the last six months against the girl’s family’s wishes, The Times reported.

Citing a confidential local authority report, The Times claims that the child, who only speaks English, was encouraged to learn Arabic by one of the families she was under care of and begged social services to not send her back as they “do not speak English”.

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The child, at times “very distressed”, claimed that one foster carer removed her necklace which had a Christian cross. She was also not allowed to eat the food given by her mother as it contained ‘haram’ ingredients.

The five-year-old with her Muslim foster carer. PHOTO: THE TIMES

The five-year-old with her Muslim foster carer. PHOTO: THE TIMES

The girl’s placement was done by Tower Hamlets, who refused to give The Times a comment on why she was put under care of a family so different from her. Decisions regarding foster placements have to be given after considering the child’s “religious persuasion, racial origin and cultural and linguistic background”.

“This is a five-year-old white girl. She was born in this country, speaks English as her first language, loves football, holds a British passport and was christened in a church,” said a friend of the five-year-old’s mother. “She’s already suffered the huge trauma of being forcibly separated from her family. She needs surroundings in which she’ll feel secure and loved. Instead, she’s trapped in a world where everything feels foreign and unfamiliar. That’s really scary for a young child.”

While it is common for non-white children to be in foster care of a white family, a white-child in care of non-white family is far less common.

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Speaking to the newspaper, the Department for Education said it was unable to comment on such a case, however, a spokesperson emphasised that “when placing a child in a foster home, the local authority must ensure that the placement is the most appropriate way to safeguard the child and support their welfare. A child’s background is an important consideration in this decision.”

This article originally appeared on The Times.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Baba
    Aug 28, 2017 - 1:50PM

    This is child abuse, utter cruelty and neglect. Recommend

  • kp
    Aug 28, 2017 - 2:24PM

    Vile, this is what most of the muslims do, they try to impose their religion & here it is clear a case of child abuseRecommend

  • Mamu
    Aug 28, 2017 - 2:41PM

    Should this even be in the news? Dont you have any thing better to right!Recommend

  • rich
    Aug 28, 2017 - 2:56PM

    the person resposible should be sacked

    themuslim women who removed the cross should be tried for racism and bigotryRecommend

  • Cynical
    Aug 28, 2017 - 8:24PM

    Why we rule out the fact that the girl’s family taught the girl to say like this to get rid of where the girl was put against the family’s wish. I agree it’s child abuse if it’s really the case though.Recommend

  • Khilari
    Aug 28, 2017 - 8:39PM

    There is a very strict criteria for fostering. Fostering parents had to fulfill certain standards to accept a child. Social services keep a strict eye on the foster parents visiting the homes personally to see for themselves. How come such a blunder was made? Where is the council? Some head rolling is needed. It’s a very serious breach with far reaching effects. Looks like a deliberate attempt to malign Muslims because such families are never chosen to foster a child.Recommend

  • genesis
    Aug 28, 2017 - 9:49PM

    This is conversion in another format.She will not have a peaceful childhood.Recommend

  • Freedom
    Aug 29, 2017 - 5:11AM

    What is this? News? Propaganda? A fake news? An attempt to hate Islam? Make non Muslims hate Islam ? Or just a test page published by accident?Recommend

  • GS@Y
    Aug 29, 2017 - 7:59AM

    Is this even true? Because it feels like it’s some incendiary stuff straight out of the Daily Mail.Recommend

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